Fantastic Beasts 2 Director Defends Johnny Depp From Assault Claims

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After Amber Heard accused ex-husband Johnny Depp of being “verbally and physically abusive” throughout “the entirety of [their] relationship,” many Harry Potter fans called for him to be recast in the second installment of the prequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. But while some Potterheads don’t want him to see him portray Gellert Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel, director David Yates doesn’t seem to agree.

“Honestly, there’s an issue at the moment where there’s a lot of people being accused of things, they’re being accused by multiple victims, and it’s compelling and frightening,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “With Johnny, it seems to me there was one person who took a pop at him and claimed something. I can only tell you about the man I see every day: He’s full of decency and kindness, and that’s all I see. Whatever accusation was out there doesn’t tally with the kind of human being I’ve been working with.”

“By testament, some of the women in [Depp’s] life have said the same thing — ‘that’s not the human being we know.’ It’s very different [than cases] where there are multiple accusers over many years that need to be examined and we need to reflect on our industry that allows that to roll on year in and year out. Johnny isn’t in that category in any shape or form. So to me, it doesn’t bear any more analysis. It’s a dead issue.”

Winona Ryder was one of the actor’s exes who came forward to defend him from the allegations, saying Johnny was “never abusive at all.”

“I only know him as a really good, loving, caring guy,” she continued.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is set to hit theaters on November 16, 2018.